January 2010

Conservation benefit: Protection of 1,038 acres of rare coastal forest; reintroduction of 3,000 critically endangered palms

Community benefit: Environmental education in two village schools; and construction of a permanent research monitoring station, kitchen, and guardhouse

Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, contains some of the planet’s most threatened ecosystems. Approximately 80% of Madagascar’s plants and animals occur nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, more than 90% of Madagascar’s original forest cover has been lost since people migrated to the island about 2,300 years ago.

In 2005, the nonprofit organization Azafady, now called SEED Madagascar, successfully completed a Seacology funded-project. So the community could monitor a rare littoral forest, they built tree nurseries, and camps for workers and volunteers.

The organization’s current main environmental program, called Project Voly Hazo (“planting trees”), involves the reintroduction of two critically endangered endemic palm species (Dypsis saintelucei and Beccariophoenix madagascariensis). With Seacology’s support, plants will be grown in Seacology-funded nurseries and planted in the 1,038-acre S17 coastal forest fragment. The group will also conduct environmental education programs related to the project in several local schools. To facilitate long-term monitoring, they also plan to build a permanent research station, kitchen, and guardhouse. The community requested these facilities during a public consultation when designating the protected areas.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Seacology Germany.
Project Updates
June 2011
All planting for the project was finished in December 2010. This was achieved by Azafady Conservation Program (now SEED Madagascar) volunteers planting approximately 500 palms, and the Azafady...
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June 2010
Field representative Erik Patel reports that numerous pre-project community meetings have been held and the purchase and transport of most of the building materials to the construction site has...
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